Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment in Indianapolis and Carmel

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Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment Indianapolis and Carmel IN

Allergic contact dermatitis is a common skin condition seen by Turkle & Associates board certified dermatologist, Dr. Matt Strausburg.

We invite you to continue reading for frequently asked questions and more information about allergic contact dermatitis and how we can help.

What is Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Allergic contact dermatitis is a rash on your skin that occurs when you are allergic to something that comes in contact with your skin. The substance you are allergic to is called an “allergen”.

Note, allergic contact dermatitis is different from dermatitis of skin due to irritation by contact with chemicals in soaps, chemicals etc… (unless you are allergic to that particular substance). Please click here irritant contact dermatitis information.

What Are the Symptoms of Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Typically, people with allergic contact dermatitis develop a red, itchy rash in the area that comes into contact with the allergen. Sometimes you might have swelling, bumps, blisters etc… on your skin.

What Causes Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Common allergens include:

  • Nickel – a metal found in many items including earrings and clothing fasteners like zippers, snaps, buckles, etc…Note that sweating increases allergic dermatitis in people with nickel allergies.
  • Rubber – including latex found in latex gloves, elastic found in clothing etc….
  • Hair Color Dye – both permanent and semi-permanent hair color can cause rashes. Most people with these allergies can use temporary dyes or rinses, but a low percentage react to these too.
  • Neomycin – this is a drug found in prescription and non-prescription topical antibiotic creams, ointments, lotions, topical steroids, first aid creams, ear drops and eye drops.
  • Preservatives – found in skin care products
  • Perfumes and Fragrances – including those found in skin care products
  • Plants – like poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac and related plants.
  • Chromates – found in cement, leather, some matches, paints, and anti-rust products. Contact is common in jobs in the automobile, welding, foundry, cement, railroad, and building repair industries.

Please note this is not a complete list of substances that cause allergic contact dermatitis–just those most commonly seen by dermatologists.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis Treatment

The allergic contact dermatitis treatment will depend on the severity of your skin reaction. A less severe rash may respond to non-prescription medicines taken by mouth or applied to the affected skin while a severe rash may require prescription medication.

If immediate relief of symptoms is needed or desired, Dr. Strausburg will let you know the best treatment and home care you should follow.

Avoidance of the substance that causes the skin reaction will be important in the future.

How Do I Know What Caused My Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

During your consultation, Dr. Strausburg will ask you about your daily activities to try to identify the allergen. Most allergic contact dermatitis is diagnosed by location of the rash. Sometimes a cause can not be identified by history and physical examination, and the Dr. Strausburg may want to perform a patch test.

Patch tests are a safe and easy way to diagnose contact allergies. Small amounts of possible allergens are applied to the skin on strips of tape and then removed after two days. An allergy shows up as a small red spot at the site of the patch.

Do You Take Insurance For Patients with Allergic Contact Dermatitis?

Yes, we do take insurance for patients with allergic contact dermatitis. We suggest you contact your plan administrator to determine if we participate with your insurance plan.

Contact Us for Treatment of Allergic Contact Dermatitis

If you have more questions about allergic contact dermatitis and would like further information, or if you are ready to schedule an appointment, contact Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology by clicking here for our online quick-contact email form or feel free to call us at 317-848-0001.

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Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatologys’ video content is for informational and educational purposes only. Viewing of these videos should not be considered medical advice, diagnosis or a treatment recommendation. As with any health concern, always seek a consultation regarding a medical condition. Any questions concerning the content of these videos may be directed to Turkle & Associates Plastic Surgery and Dermatology at drturkle@turklemd.com or 317-848-0001.

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